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post #1 of 20 Old 12-11-2015, 10:18 PM Thread Starter
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Horse at Trainers / How often should I call and/or visit?

I bought my horse eight months ago and after trying to fix some minor issues myself, I realized I am not a horse trainer and needed professional help.

My horse is at the trainers for at least 30 days - possibly longer to first figure out if he has the potential to be a broke trail horse for me or if I should sell and find something else.

My question is - how often should I check in with the trainer? Should I text him more than once a week? He said I can come and visit whenever I like. He has only been there a week. I am not allowed to work or ride him, but I just like to go and groom him and walk him around and spend time with him.

I am a first time horse owner so this is new to me. I don't want to become a pest, but do want to stay involved. Are there any "unwritten" rules about this?

Any and all advice welcome... Thanks.
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post #2 of 20 Old 12-11-2015, 10:25 PM
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How well do you know this trainer?

I'd be going at least once a week initially to make sure everything seems okay. Not trying to scare you but I have seen competent horse people complaining about what happened to their horses at trainers so I'd at least want to see for myself.

If someone you know referred you to this trainer that's a different story.

I see nothing wrong with going and grooming if he says you can come whenever you want.
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post #3 of 20 Old 12-11-2015, 10:51 PM Thread Starter
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I have a friend who told me about him. I have heard mostly good things. My friend went with me one time and my husband another time when I went to talk to him. I like him and think he doing a good job. I will go out at least 1-2 times per week to groom, but wasn't sure if that's too much. Will it mess with the horse if he is supposed to focus on the trainer. I am watching what he is feeding him and how he looks. So far so good. Thanks.
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post #4 of 20 Old 12-12-2015, 12:57 AM
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I don't think once or twice a week is bad. Talk to the trainer about what times would be best that wouldn't interfere with his training time. After a couple of weeks I always wanted to go see one of the training sessions. By week 3 the trainer expected me there every day to ride. I'd ride either in the a.m. or p.m. and the trainer still worked the horse in whichever time frame I didn't take.
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post #5 of 20 Old 12-12-2015, 02:21 AM
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as often as you can. Go and watch, don't be intrusive.
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post #6 of 20 Old 12-12-2015, 07:55 AM
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There are a lot of horses in training at our lesson barn and the owners are there a lot, just hanging out and chatting and visiting their horses. Our trainer includes two lessons a week as part of her training, though.
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It varies. I had one trainer who I knew fairly well, and I was there daily to groom and tack up for him, then watched him work my horse and soak up like a sponge so that I could carry the teaching forward at home. I then sent my horse to a reining trainer-no riding for AT LEAST 60 days, then weekly lessons, but I could be there as much as I wanted. I was farther away, so not there nearly as much as I wanted to be. The more you go, the more you will learn, IMO.
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post #8 of 20 Old 12-12-2015, 09:09 AM
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I actually ask owners to come out at least once a week to see what I'm doing with their horses and take a lesson so they know what's going on and can take care of the issues with their horse in the future. But they're welcome to come out as often as they want to groom and spend time with their horse, so long as nothing they do interferes with the training.
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post #9 of 20 Old 12-12-2015, 09:56 AM
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I don't mind owners stopping in whenever they want as long as they realize I can't drop whatever else I'm doing & not be offended if all I can offer is a greeting. Scheduled time is made for 1:1 time with the owner.
I like an owner to be involved so once the horse gets something I'll teach the owner how to do it too. There are no set steps in training but I'll use steps here for clarity. If I'm working on step 5 I'll work with the owner on steps 1,2,3,4. I found that if I don't teach the owner too they won't be happy, the horse will backslide & the I hear from the grapevine that I train horses that only I can ride.
Please note that I'm not working with real experienced good riders, usually people who created or bought a monster.
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post #10 of 20 Old 12-12-2015, 11:04 AM
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Originally Posted by Jan1975 View Post
There are a lot of horses in training at our lesson barn and the owners are there a lot, just hanging out and chatting and visiting their horses. Our trainer includes two lessons a week as part of her training, though.
^THIS is what you really want, to have your trainer train YOU because YOU are part of the training problem.
I would get your trainer's email, and make lists of your questions, edit and then email them to your trainer.
You should take every opportunity to visit and groom your horse and remind him who owns him. TELL your trainer that you want to know what's going on. Emails are not intrusive. I use borrower's emails (after I ask for them), when I do Refi signing jobs so that I'm not trying to call with questions (only about times and dates), but we can easily change the schedule. I even had one cancelled because of a medical emergency, and they emailed me
Your trainer doesn't have to STOP what he or she is doing to answer your questions.

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